Director of the Joint Staff SCNG

Major General Brad Owens is a native of North Augusta, South Carolina. He received a Regular Army commission in the United States Army Corps of Engineers
in December 1985 following his graduation from Clemson University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering.

He gained company-level experience in various assignments throughout the Engineer Corps beginning in Fort Kobbe, Panama as a Diving and Salvage Officer with the 7th Engineer Detachment (DIVE), as well as multiple assignments with the 122nd Engineer Battalion in the South Carolina Army National Guard (SCARNG).

In 1991, MG Owens commanded the 122nd Engineer Company (Combat Service Engineers) in Saluda, SC, and in 1998 commanded A Company, 122nd Engineer Battalion. In 2002, he commanded the 122nd Engineer Battalion, deploying in 2003 in support of OPERATION IRAQI FREEDOM. Under his command, over 900 engineers provided full-spectrum combat engineering throughout the Al Anbar province of Iraq. Their distinct actions in combat earned the 122nd Engineer Battalion the Valorous Unit Award.

He returned to South Carolina in 2004 and has since served in various positions with the Joint Forces Headquarters, including Chief Facilities Management Officer, and until April 2015, Director of Plans, Operations, and Training of the SCARNG.

MG Owens presently serves as the Director of the Joint Staff, overseeing and directing the administration of all South Carolina National Guard (SCNG) Joint Staff programs supporting South Carolina domestic response and homeland defense contingency operations. This program includes the SCNG rapid reaction force, counterdrug operations, civil support teams, expeditionary medical support, and explosive ordinance disposal. He is the principal full-time representative and spokesman for all SCNG Joint Staff matters.

MG Owens holds a Masters in Strategic Studies from the United States Army War College. He is a graduate of the Defense Strategy Course at the US Army War College; the Joint Task Force Commander course at US Northern Command; Command and General Staff Officer’s Course at Fort Leavenworth; as well as Engineer Officer Basic and Advanced Courses and the Combined Arms and Services Staff School.

His decorations and badges include the Combat Action Badge, the Parachutist Badge, the Air Assault Badge, the Salvage Diver Badge, the Sapper identification tab, the Bronze Star Medal, six Meritorious Service Medals, seven Army Commendation Medals, and the Engineer Regiment’s Silver de Fleury.



  • Clemson University – BS degree – Civil Engineering
  • Army War College – MS degree – Strategic Studies
  • Airborne Course
  • Ship Salvage Diving Officer Course
  • Junior Officer Maintenance Course
  • Engineer Officer Basic Course
  • Sapper Leader Course
  • Engineer Company Command Course
  • Engineer Officer Advance Course
  • Air Assault Course
  • Engineer Pre Command Course
  • Command and General Staff Course
  • Army War College
  • Joint Task Force Commander Course
  • Dual Status Commander Course


  • Bronze Star Medal
  • Meritorious Service Medal (with 4 Bronze Oak Leaf Clusters)
  • Army Commendation Medal (with 1 Silver and 1 Bronze Oak Leaf Cluster)
  • Army Achievement Medal (with 3 Oak Leaf Clusters)
  • Army Reserve Components Achievement Medal (with 1 Silver and 2 Bronze Oak Leaf Clusters)
  • National Defense Service Medal (with 1 Bronze Service Star)
  • Humanitarian Service Medal
  • Armed Forces Reserve Medal (with “M” device and Bronze Hourglass)
  • Joint Meritorious Unit Award
  • Valorous Unit Award
  • Army Service Ribbon
  • Overseas Service Ribbon
  • Army Reserve Components Overseas Training Ribbon
  • Parachutist Badge
  • Air Assault Badge
  • Basic Marksmanship Qualification Badge
  • Salvage Diver Badge
  • Global War on Terrorism Service Medal
  • Combat Action Badge
  • Iraqi Campaign Medal
  • South Carolina Active State Service Medal
  • South Carolina Mobilization Ribbon
  • South Carolina Achievement Ribbon
  • South Carolina Exceptional Service Ribbon
  • South Carolina Palmetto Service Ribbon
  • South Carolina Governors Citation Ribbon



  1. Jan 87 -Aug 88 Diving/Salvage Officer, HHC, 7th EN Det (Dive), Fort Kobbe, Panama
  2. Aug 88-May 90 Platoon Leader, Company D 122nd EN Bn, Batesburg, South Carolina
  3. May 90-May 91 Operations Officer, HHC, 122nd EN Bn, Edgefield, South Carolina
  4. May 91-Dec 93 Company Commander, 122nd EN Co (CSE), Saluda, South Carolina
  5. Dec 93-Feb 98 Engineer Officer, 51st RAOC, Edgefield, South Carolina
  6. Feb 98-Dec 98 Company Commander, Co A (Cbt) 122nd EN Bn, McCormick, South Carolina
  7. Dec 98-May 99 Engineer Officer, 59th Trp Cmd, West Columbia, South Carolina
  8. May 99-May 00 Executive Officer, HHC, 122nd EN Bn, Edgefield, South Carolina
  9. May 00-May 02 Battalion S-3, HHC 122nd EN Bn,Edgefield, South Carolina
  10. May 02-Nov 04 Battalion Commander, HHC 122nd EN Bn, Edgefield, South Carolina
  11. Nov 04-Jul 07 Branch Chief, SCARNG Elmt, JFHQ (-Det 1), Columbia, South Carolina
  12. Jan 09-Oct 11 Senior Advisor/Deputy Chief of Staff Engineer, SCARNG Elmt, JFHQ (-Det 1)Columbia, South Carolina
  13. Oct 11-Apr 15 Chief Facilities Management Officer, SCARNG Elmt JFHQ (-Det 1), Columbia, South Carolina
  14. Jul 07-Jan 09 Director of Plans, Operations, and Training, SCARNG Elmt, JFHQ (-Det 1), Columbia, South Carolina
  15. Apr 15-Present Director of Joint Staff, Army Elmt JFHQ of South Carolina, Columbia, South Carolina





  • Second Lieutenant 19 December 85
  • First Lieutenant 23 August 88
  • Captain  7 June 90
  • Major  2 February 99
  • Lieutenant Colonel 20 February 03
  • Colonel 20 July 07
  • Brigadier General 01 December 15
  • Major General 12 September 20